With its high iron and vitamin C content, watercress is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. It actually provides more iron than spinach and more vitamin C than lemons and oranges. Quite amazing, isn’t it?
But, even though it’s super nutritious, this health-boosting vegetable has become forgotten over the past couple of decades. Watercress was first cultivated in Eurasia, but today it’s grown in different parts of the world.
There’s mounting evidence that this super food can boost your health on many levels. The list of health benefits includes:
- watercress fights oxidative stress in the body,
- it provides powerful antioxidant effects, ,
- it cleanses the blood,
- it regenerates cells in the body,
- it promotes healthy appetite,
- and it eliminates toxins from the body.
Many nutritionists recommend consuming this super healthy vegetable in the form of fresh juice, but never undiluted. As the vegetable is very strong, drinking pure watercress juice can lead to an inflammatory process in your throat and stomach, which is why watercress juice should always be diluted with water in a ratio of 1:5 (watercress juice and water, respectively). It’s also important to know that the juice shouldn’t be consumed every day, but every second day instead.
Watercress juice not only does wonders on the inside, but on the outside as well. In fact, topical application of this juice can treat numerous skin issues, including skin blemishes and aging spots, hair loss, etc. The treatment is quite simple – just rub the juice on the affected area or make a watercress compress. A compress of crushed watercress leaves is extremely beneficial for reducing the appearance of sun spots.
A number of studies on lab animals have found that watercress extract injected in the body inhibits cancer development and metastasizing. Other studies have found that watercress reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases and prevents the development of breast cancer.
Last, but not least, watercress is strongly recommended to heavy smokers owing to its ability to neutralize the negative effects of smoking.
HOW TO MAKE A WATERCRESS COMPRESS
Start by slicing the watercress leaves nicely. Next, clean the affected area thoroughly before applying the compress. You can use some rubbing alcohol for this. Apply the chopped leaves then cover with clean gauze and secure with a bandage. Leave the compress on from a couple of hours or longer. After removing the compress, wash your skin with cold water. Use this method to treat different skin issues.
THE WATERCRESS SALAD!
Wash the leaves thoroughly. Next, sprinkle the leaves with some salt and vinegar and leave for an hour. Add some chopped garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper. Make sure you let the salad sit for 3 hours before eating it. This salad is the perfect addition to any meal.
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